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Female MDC corrections officer charged with raping male inmate

Wendy Vowinckel, 42. (MDC)

Wendy Vowinckel, 42. (MDC)

Update: Records: Female jail guard accused of rape used position to coerce male inmate

A female corrections officer at the Metropolitan Detention Center was arrested and charged in the rape of a male inmate Monday evening, according to a spokeswoman for the jail.

Nataura Powdrell-Moore said officer Wendy Vowinckel was booked on four counts of criminal sexual penetration and one count of intimidating or threatening a witness. Jail records say her last name is Vonwinckel.

Powdrell-Moore said on Friday jail officials and detectives with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office were told of allegations involving Vowinckel and a male inmate. After the investigation they determined they had enough to charge her.

“Officer Vowinckel has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of internal and external investigations,” Powdrell-Moore said.

She said Vowinckel had been employed at the jail since September 2011.